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Lutcher Theater Presents Chris Botti with The Symphony of Southeast Texas

Special to The Leader

The Lutcher Theater presents Grammy Winner, Chris Botti backed by his incredible band and the Symphony of Southeast Texas for a grand evening of Jazz and Symphonic hits, Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ranging from $45-$65 are on sale now at Lutcher.org or by contacting the Lutcher Theater box office.

Chris Botti has performed with Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Sting, among many others. Now a major artist in his own right, performing worldwide, selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in Jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category.

In addition to the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Chris Botti will be joined onstage by Lee Pearson on Drums, Richie Goods on Bass, Ben Butler on Guitar, Geoffrey Keezer on Piano and Sandy Cameron on Violin. Sy Smith and Chad Johnson will add vocals.

The Lutcher Theater is the premier presenter of National Tours and Broadway productions in Southeast Texas and presents both new and accomplished music artists on its season every year. The Symphony of Southeast Texas, under the direction of Maestro Chelsea Tipton II, is comprised of musicians from communities throughout Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, and has a 60-year history of providing outstanding music and grand performances in Beaumont, Texas.

Lutcher Theater Inc. was awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the November 29, 2016 concert with Chris Botti and the Symphony of Southeast Texas at the Lutcher Theater. NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to nurturing artists and the arts in communities across the country. Supporting projects from organizations like Lutcher Theater Inc. represents a wise investment in both Orange, Texas and the creative vitality of the nation.”

Jim Clark, Managing Director stated that he was very excited when contacted about the grant opportunity.  Mr. Botti’s previous show at the Lutcher Theater drew patrons from across the Gulf Coast, and having the opportunity to add the Symphony of Southeast Texas to his performance makes for an exciting evening of incredible music.

The NEA is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience creativity and participate in the arts. NEA programs and funding support thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country.

This show is also sponsored locally by The Houseman Companies.

Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main in Orange, Texas, and is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit, Lutcher.org.